Peter Prieto
Peter Prieto (J. Albert Diaz)

Attorney Peter Prieto, a partner at Podhurst Orseck in Miami, has been named to the executive committee in the multidistrict litigation involving General Motors Corp.’s ignition switches.

Prieto is the only Florida attorney on the national committee. More than 50 attorneys across the nation applied, and 10 were chosen, including such prominent litigators as Davis Boies, chairman at Boies, Schiller & Flexner in New York.

Pretrial issues in lawsuits over the ignition switch are being handled in the MDL by U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman in New York.

“I’m honored to have been selected by Judge Furman to be a part of the plaintiffs’ leadership team and will work hard to ensure that those who bought defective vehicles from GM are compensated appropriately,” Prieto said.

Prieto has been involved in other high-profile MDL cases, including bank overdraft, forced-place insurance and Chinese drywall litigation.

The ignition switch lawsuits claim a defect caused the vehicle to shut off, disabling the steering, brakes and airbags. The owners claim the problem has decreased the values of their automobiles. Others have brought wrongful death claims.